LEAP - Links Digital Literacy

LEAP - Links Digital Literacy

LEAP - Links Digital Literacy

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For Teachers

Handouts on Digital Literacy

Check out these simple handouts on the importance of digital literacy in education. Each one includes tailored information on how technology is being used in the 21st century. You also find other links to government and not-for-profit resources on digital literacy to explore. Email us if you have any questions or comments. Enjoy!

For Parents and Caregivers

21st Century Learning –What parents and caregivers need to know

Choosing a device for your child

For Teachers

5 FAQs about digital literacy in the classroom

How is technology being utilised in Australia?

For Students

Sample Student Acceptable Usage Agreement

For School Executives

The 5 Ps school leaders can do to support ICT capabilities in teachers and students

Teacher PL Workshop

We are excited to be offering a full-day teacher workshop on digital literacy in the classroom. This course is designed for high school teachers, librarians and DPs with basic digital ability. The minimum requirement is to at least know how to log onto the DET portal. After that, please come ready to join in and learn new digital skills. You’ll be in good hands.

This course is comprised of two parts - a face-to-face workshop day (5.5 registered hours) and an online follow-on component (1.5 registered hours).

Far West Region

When: 24th October 2017, 9 am to 3:30 pm
Where: Willyama High School, Murton Street, Broken Hill, NSW
How to register: To register for this event, please click here

Update: registration for this event is closed now. 

Central West Region

When: 26th October 2017, 9 am to 3:30 pm 
Where: Parkes High School, 2A Albert Street, Parkes, NSW
How to register: To register for this event, please click here

Update: registration for this event is closed now.

North Coast Region

When: 31st October 2017, 9 am to 3:30 pm
Where: Kempsey High School, 13 Broughton St, Kempsey, NSW
How to register: To register for this event, please click here

Update: registration for this event is closed now. 

Contact: Sonal Singh, Macquarie Uni WPU Evaluation Manager, (02) 9850 1933, sonal.singh@mq.edu.au or leaplinks@mq.edu.au for more information.

The workshop will cover:

  • In-depth look at digital literacy requirements for 21st-century industry and higher education
  • Applying SAMR framework to connect digital literacy skills with theory and practice
  • Immersive skill-building activities using Google Suite
  • Practical ways to teach key elements of digital citizenship
  • Expanding personal learning networks to discover new online teaching resources

The follow-on component for this course is an opportunity to apply your learning to your own context. For the follow-on, participants will:

  • In real-time, use the collaboration tools in the cloud-based PLN set up during the course to create either a PL session for colleagues on SAMR, OR a lesson for students consistent with ‘Modification’ from the SAMR

Terms of Participation: This project is funded by the Commonwealth's National Priority Pool, as such, participating teachers must commit to assisting with the evaluation of the program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why attend this workshop? We recognise that with any digital skills training you should start with a foundation. This workshop provides you with the basics of digital literacy and builds from there.

Who should attend? High school teachers, librarians and DPs with basic digital skills. The minimum requirement is to be able to log onto the DET portal. After that, please come ready to jump in and learn new digital skills. You’ll be in good hands.

What does the workshop cover? In this workshop, you’ll take a step (or a LEAP) forward in using digital activities for deep learning and engagement. The workshop has been tailored to meet the professional learning needs of high school teachers at the beginner-level who are ready to take their digital skills to the next level. Through formal instruction, discussions and hands-on guidance, beginners will learn to use the Google Suite to build their digital learning foundation efficiently and effectively.

What is the cost? We’re offering the teacher PL at no cost to teachers. We also have some limited funding to help cover the cost of a relief teacher.

Is this workshop accredited? Yes, the workshop and the follow-on component together are NESA accredited. You will get a total of 7 hours towards your professional development goals.

What else should I know? The program is offered in a learning environment that is technology smart and rich. To ensure that every participant has access to the appropriate technology, participants are required to bring their own laptop to the workshops. Morning tea and lunch will be provided at the venue at no cost to the participants.

What about transportation and accommodation: Please contact us if you need support with transportation and/or accommodation.

What if I want to learn more? If you would like to participate in our workshops or to learn more, please contact the Project Coordinator, Rebecca Turnbow at leaplinks@mq.edu.qu or call us (02) 9850-7335

Our Program

About Our Program

The LEAP-Links Digital Literacy program is aimed at enhancing the digital literacy skills of high school teachers and students in regional and remote areas of NSW. This program is run by Macquarie University’s Widening Participation Unit (WPU) as one of the University’s LEAP (Learning, Education, Aspiration, Participation) projects. It is one of many initiatives undertaken by LEAP to broaden aspirations, create possibilities, and actively support students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented to gain access to and succeed in higher education. This program targets four key regions of NSW: Far West, Central West, Riverina, and New England/North Coast.

Project Objectives

  • To enhance support to regional and remote low SES students by identifying and addressing digital skill gaps for teachers and students
  • To assist regional and remote low SES students in building the digital competencies needed to succeed in school and the transition to higher education

Project Phases

This program has three major phases


With support from a reference group, research and collaborate with schools in regional and remote NSW to identify digital literacy learning requirements

This phase is currently completed. Key research findings were presented at UniSTARS, HERDSA and SPERA conferences.


Design and deliver NESA teacher accredited professional learning workshops to optimally enhance digital literacy skills and knowledge, and engage students in teacher-led online units of work.

This phase has been completed in October 2017. Three Teacher PL workshops were delivered in three regions of NSW. Please see the "For Teachers" Tab for more information.


Evaluation of the program, feedback from teachers and students about skills acquired and collating data analysis to produce a final report on the program and key learning outcomes.

This phase is currently underway. Some findings from the program design and delivery have been reported in the EPHEA conference held in Brisbane in November 2017. Watch this space for other reports on this program soon to be available.

Contact Us

Level 2, Building Y2A
11 Hadenfeld Ave
Macquarie University NSW 2109

Phone: +61 2 9850 1933
Email: wpu@mq.edu.au

What's New?

Findings from the design and delivery of the Digital Literacy program were presented at the EPHEA conference held in Brisbane in November 2017. The presentation was very well received by the equity practitioners who participated in this conference.

Three Teacher PL workshops were successfully delivered at three regional NSW schools in October 2017. All the workshops were very successful, with a total of 18 teachers attending from six different schools from Far West, Central West and North Coast regions of NSW.

The Digital Literacy Team presented a paper titled "Digging Deeper into the Digital Divide" at the 33rd SPERA conference held at University of Canberra from 27th to 29th September 2017. The presentation was very well received by many participants coming up to know more about the Program.

The second reference group meeting was held in early September at Le Sands Pavilion, Brighton Le-Sands with reference group members coming in from all across New South Wales.

In July 2017, the Digital Literacy Team presented a paper at the UniSTARS conference. The conference and presentation opened up multiple avenues to collaborate with other universities working with regional and remote communities.

The Digital Literacy Team presented a poster at the HERDSA conference held in Sydney from 27th to 30th June 2017. The poster highlighted the research findings from the first phase of the project.

A reference group meeting was held with experts on regional and remote education in May 2017 at the Widening Participation Unit office at Macquarie University.

A pilot study was conducted among schools in metropolitan Sydney where teachers participated in a workshop and engaged students in a unit of work. Students from participating schools presented their work at Macquarie University. Presentations by these school students were highly praised and reported on the University's blog, Teche

Content owner: Widening Participation Unit Last updated: 07 Nov 2019 1:44pm

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